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Howth's Laura Dillon Wins Lady's Day At Cowes Week

4th August 2022
Laura Dillon collects her Cowes Week trophy
Laura Dillon collects her Cowes Week trophy

Lady's Day at Cowes Week may sound like a charmingly old-fashioned Victorian concept, but there was nothing old-fashioned about the way that top women sailors of the calibre of Laura Dillon of Howth contested the time-honoured event yesterday in the Solent, with Laura on top form to win overall helming Harry Heist's classic S&S 41 Winsome against an impressive fleet of female talents.

Laura is still the only woman sailor to have become the All-Ireland Champion (she did it in 1996) and in addition to starring afloat, she has shone ashore, becoming a Flag Officer of the RORC some years after her mother Breda became the first female Commodore of Howth Yacht Club.

Published in Cowes Week, Howth YC
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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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At A Glance - Cowes Week future dates


Cowes Week is traditionally held during the week beginning on the first Saturday after the last Tuesday in July (except where the tides make the traditional dates virtually unworkable. 

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2022
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2023
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2024
27th July to 3rd August

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